In Celebration of a Dog’s Life Well Lived

Words can’t express how grateful I am for all the support I have received these past six weeks. It’s so comforting to be surrounded by an army of dog lovers that speak the same language and just get it. I’ve found great healing when reading all the heartfelt comments on my tribute to Sanchez and in personal emails and Facebook posts. Thank you!

Today would have been Sanchez’s 14th birthday. While I had been hoping to be partying with him, I am instead honoring him by celebrating his life. It was a dog’s life well lived.

A few days after his passing, I recorded this video. I chose the Lento from the B flat minor Sonata of Chopin because it’s one of my personal favorites from iCalmDog.

It represents ascent into heaven and was very healing for me. The music reminds me that Sanchez will always live on in my heart and in the music that he inspired. I am eternally grateful.

Party on at Rainbow Bridge Señor Sanchez!

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27 Responses to In Celebration of a Dog’s Life Well Lived

  1. Cecelia says:

    I know there are no words that can help relieve the loss you are feeling, please remember you have so many that can relate and let the happy memories keep Sanchez close to you. Athena passed 1.5 years ago and every day I well up and have yet to be able to say her name without crying. We love all of our 4 legged family but some touch our hearts in a way that no words can explain.

    • Lisa Spector says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss Cecelia. Yes, Sanchez’s memories stay close and bring me comfort. And, sometimes there are just no words. The depth of this loss even surprised me.

  2. Sue says:

    Happy Birthday in heaven sweet boy!! If you see an English Mastiff running and shaking a balloon, that’s my Maddie. Tell her she will be loved forever, as you will be also sweet Sanchez ❤️❤️

    • Lisa Spector says:

      Aw, I imagine Maddie and Sanchez found each other already. Sanchez always really liked dogs bigger than him. And, that’s a cute visual of Maddie shaking a balloon.

  3. Happy Birthday, Sanchez! Last weekend would have been Lilly’s 13th birthday and Ginko’s 17th. We miss them both so much.

    • Lisa Spector says:

      I know how much your heart still breaks Roxanne. The depth in us that they reach is just so enormous. Sending hugs.

  4. Kerry Reynard says:

    Thank you for sharing Sanchez with us. Tears finally flowed when I saw him running across the beach towards you…Despite tears that must fall, he blessed you with his deep affection and you blessed him with the opportunity to live a rich, full life.

    • Lisa Spector says:

      Thanks Kerry. That run on the beach is probably my favorite part. I filmed that on his 12th birthday, and he was just so happy. I’m so grateful I was able to give him such a rich, full life. He gave me so much in return.

  5. Paula Di says:

    Our little teacup toy poodle passed away suddenly 2 years ago. She was our little baby (3.5 lbs) and so full of life and love. She would be 15 this July along with her sibling sister (we still have). We think of our Cinnamon many times each day as will you with Sanchez. Cinny will always be in our hearts as Sanchez will be in yours. Missed and never forgotten…Eternal love keeps memories of our furry kids alive in our hearts and in our dreams…

    • Lisa Spector says:

      So sorry for your loss of Cinny. She was a lucky girl to have found you. And, yes, they will live on forever in our hearts.

  6. Cheryl Lomas Irving says:

    Thank you for sharing the video and music. It was a beautiful tribute.

  7. Charmaine 6 says:

    He will always be with you. You have both been so very blessed to have each other!

  8. Karen says:

    They come into our lives and let us be a part of their journey. How thankful I am every day for the time I had with my Baxter. Ten years went by too quickly. I know he will always be looking down, he’s always with me. Sanchez had such a remarkable journey with you, what a blessing they are to us. Thank you for sharing the heart warming video for Sanchez.

    • Lisa Spector says:

      Thanks Karen. I’m so glad you enjoyed the video. And, so sorry for your loss as well. Baxter was a lucky pup, I’m sure.

  9. Donna Hess says:

    “There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who choose to travel in the company of animals. It is a cycle unlike any other. To those who have never lived through its turnings and walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts with full knowledge that they will be broken seems incomprehensible. Only we know how small a price we pay for what we receive; our grief, no matter how powerful it may be, is an insufficient measure of the joy we have been given.” Suzanne Clothier

    All of us who have owned and lost share your sorrow

  10. Suzanne Weller says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. Nothing hurts more than to lose and pet. Sanchez had a beautiful life with you and will always be with you, as a guardian angel and a loving memory. Remember the love it will help ease the pain.
    SW

    • Lisa Spector says:

      Thanks so much Suzanne. I’m eternally grateful for the love that we share and all the memories over nearly 14 years.

  11. Karen says:

    I purchased the ICalm in honor of Sanchez seeing the love you two shared was inspiring. It was evident by the love in his eyes he had a wonderful Mom. Now the Angels play your favorites on their harps for him. Blessings on you from Heaven and peace relieve your grief.

  12. Stacy Smith says:

    Your video & music brought tears to my eyes…so moving! I’m sorry for your loss of Sanchez. I know how hard it is when you love so deeply. I’ve lost 2 dogs & my current greyhound is 11 today. I hope she lives to see 14, just as Sanchez did. Thanks for your beautiful music!

  13. Lisa C. says:

    So sorry for your loss Lisa. Sanchez will always be a part of you. Take care….

  14. Your video and music celebrating Sanchez’s life are at the same time beautiful and heartbreaking. We would all give ANYTHING in the world for our best furry friends and kids to live forever, or at least every day that we do. You are lucky to have had each other and I am SO very sorry for your loss.

  15. Cheryl Romanowski says:

    Happy belated birthday to Sanchez. May you party on in heaven with all your little friends! My thoughts are with you, Lisa!

  16. Jane says:

    When my Sariputta died, he was with the dog sitter, as I was recovering from surgery. The morning he died and before I knew about it, I had had a dream about him. I was in a room with other people, and Sariputta came in, and I knew he had to go pee, so I picked him up (he was a Lhasa/Shih Tzu mix), and carried him outside and down some long, shallow concrete steps. I put him down on the landing at the bottom. Instead of peeing, he went running back up the stairs, like a rabbit which was kind of his “happy running”. When I found out he had died, I thought that dream was his way of saying “I’m outta here–thanks for all your help”. I so appreciated his coming to me in that way. I think that our pets return to us in dreams to let us know that they are still around, just in another realm. I’m sure you feel Sanchez. His memory will live on in the Calm Dog music that he helped on its path.

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